Digital Innovation Partners

ZEISS Triggers Next Step of Digital Transformation

  • With the founding of a new Competence Center in Munich, ZEISS is now further accelerating digital transformation in the company.
  • The center will be led by Matthias Gohl, formerly Head of Corporate Strategic Development at ZEISS.
  • The goal is to grow ZEISS Digital Partners to around 100 digital experts by 2018.

MUNICH/Germany, 2016-11-24.

On 15 November ZEISS founded a new center in order to further accelerate the company's digital transformation: ZEISS Digital Innovation Partners will support the business groups of the global optics and photonics player in leveraging the opportunities offered by digitalization for customers, partners and employees. ZEISS Digital Innovation Partners will be set up by Matthias Gohl, who was formerly Head of Corporate Strategic Development at ZEISS. In his new role he will report directly to Thomas Spitzenpfeil, CFO and CIO at ZEISS.

Based in Munich, the center will grow to 100 employees in the next two years and will also be present at other ZEISS sites around the globe.

In the past few years ZEISS has already launched digital initiatives in different areas of the company and has developed new, digital solutions for its customers. Examples of projects on which work is already underway include the extensive online-based customer dialog, big data applications and the networking of measuring machines, microscopes and diagnostic medical devices.

The primary goal of ZEISS Digital Innovation Partners is now to develop scalable digital solutions, products and services together with the BGs at even greater speed. With the founding of ZEISS Digital Innovation Partners, digital transformation at ZEISS is entering the next phase.

"In recent years we have launched and successfully implemented digital projects throughout the company, particularly as part of our initiative 'Winning in the Digital World. The founding of ZEISS Digital Innovation Partners is an important milestone to propel digital transformation to new heights at ZEISS," says Spitzenpfeil. Gohl adds: "ZEISS Digital Innovation Partners combines the best of two worlds: the spirit, drive and agility of a digital start-up with the long-term orientation, financial stability, strategic farsightedness and know-how of an internationally successful, established company."

Munich was chosen as the main site as it is one of Europe's central IT hotspots and offers the ideal environment to attract high potentials from all over the world for the relevant areas of technology. With the city's many high-tech enterprises and top-class universities, the proximity to customers is guaranteed. In addition, around 200 IT specialists from the Medical Technology and Microscopy business groups already work in Munich. ZEISS headquarters in Oberkochen to the west of Munich can be reached in just under two hours.

Matthias Gohl headed Corporate Strategic Development of the ZEISS Group from 2014. In this position, he played a key role in shaping the corporate initiative 'Winning in the Digital World.' He started his career in 2004 at the German Federal Foreign Office before working at the International Atomic Energy Agency. In 2005 he accepted a position as an advisor at the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Protection and Reactor Safety. In 2007 he switched to the McKinsey management consultancy. In his most recent position as Associate Principal, he acted as a consultant for energy providers and mechanical engineering companies in particular and was involved primarily in strategy projects for international growth, sales excellence and transformation projects. Matthias Gohl studied physics at the University of Giessen and the University of Washington.

Press Contacts:

Jörg Nitschke
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Phone: +49 7364 20-3242
joerg .nitschke @zeiss .com

About ZEISS:

ZEISS is an internationally leading technology enterprise operating in the optics and optoelectronics industries. The ZEISS Group develops and distributes semiconductor manufacturing equipment, measuring technology, microscopes, medical technology, eyeglass lenses, camera and cine lenses, binoculars and planetarium technology. With its solutions, the company constantly advances the world of optics and helps shape technological progress. ZEISS is divided up into the four segments Semiconductor Manufacturing Technology, Research & Quality Technology, Medical Technology, and Vision Care / Consumer Optics. ZEISS is represented in over 40 countries and operates more than 30 production sites, over 50 sales and service locations and about 25 research and development facilities.

In fiscal year 2014/15 the company generated revenue approximating 4.5 billion euros with around 25,000 employees. Founded in 1846 in Jena, the company is headquartered in Oberkochen, Germany. Carl Zeiss AG is the strategic management holding company that manages the ZEISS Group. The company is wholly owned by the Carl Zeiss Stiftung (Carl Zeiss Foundation).

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